National Geographic 4 months ago
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sitting on the back of the truck with the wildlife vet, and a very relaxed Livingstone Eland. Limpopo, South Africa by David Chancellor @chancellordavid Found in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Elands live in both steppe and sparse forests. They are also found in semidesert areas and at elevations up to 14400 ft. Eland males are much larger than females, weighing 400-1000 kg compared to 300-600 kg for females. Eland have a distinctive dewlap which is thought to be an adaptation for heat dissipation, hanging from the throat and neck. Heavy horns are twisted in a corkscrew fashion and grow up to 4 ft. long on males, 2.2 ft. long on females. Herds usually number up to 25 individuals, although larger temporary aggregations of females and calves occur during the wet season. There may be more than one adult male in a herd, but there is a strict dominance hierarchy that controls access to breeding females. Home ranges of females, which make extensive movements during the wet season, are much greater than those of males. The diet of elands consist of grasses, herbs, tree leaves, bushes, and succulent fruits. They generally forage in open areas. Water is consumed voraciously when available, but elands can abstain from drinking in dry seasons. From new work and projects @chancellordavid @natgeo

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